Walker Buehler

Position: RHP
Born: 07/28/94
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 175
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (24th overall) of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (LAD).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
3-3 with a 3.35 ERA in 28 games, 19 of them starts, between Rancho Cucamonga (High A), Tulsa (Double-A) and Oklahoma City (Triple-A), striking out 125 and walking just 31 in 88 2/3 innings, allowing 67 hits for a .208 BAA.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Oklahoma City on September 6 when rosters expanded.
MLB Debut Date: 09/07/17

Debut Details
September 7, in a 9-1 loss to the Rockies. The last of six pitchers on the night, he allowed one hit in two shutout innings, striking out two. Of 26 pitches thrown, 18 were for strikes. Coming on in relief of right-handed reliever Josh Ravin to start the top of the eighth during a full-scale defensive switch-out for the Dodgers, he gave up a leadoff single to left to Carlos Gonzalez before Jonathan Lucroy grounded into a 3-6-1 double play and Mike Tauchman grounded out to shortstop. In the ninth, Charlie Blackmon struck out looking, Alexi Amarista struck out swinging and Ryan McMahon grounded out to first.

Player Notes
Drafted out of megapower Vanderbilt University, where he was one of the aces of the 2014 College World Series championship team and 2015 CWS runner-up, Buehler underwent Tommy John surgery right after the draft and the Dodgers eased him back via the bullpen to take care with that special commodity. He never pitched more than five-and-one-third innings as he enjoyed his first full healthy campaign. One of three Vandy boys to go in the first round that summer (along with overall 1/1 infielder Dansby Swanson and fellow starter Carson Fulmer, who went at No. 8), Buehler tossed just five innings in his 2016 rehab, wlaking three and striking out six without allowing a hit. When healthy (as he is now), he throws a plus plus fastball in the high 90s, a plus curveball and a slider. He checks in as MiLB.com's top Dodgers prospect.